Morning Cup of Joe – Walking With Purpose


You’re probably like most people who begin their day by repeatedly pressing the snooze button. Am I right? The blaring and sometimes startling sound of the alarm clock certainly adds to the negative reception of the morning. After several grueling minutes and the inevitable end to the battle between you and your alarm clock, you finally drag yourself out of bed. You have officially started your day on the wrong foot.

How you start may not always determine how you finish but that should not prevent you from starting strong. The sooner you realize that you are in control of how you receive the day, the sooner you can start your day with purpose. Wake up and be thankful. Wake up and receive the day as an opportunity to get closer to achieving your dreams. Wake up and greet the day with enthusiasm.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift; that’s why it’s called the present.” Unwrap the gift that is today and start walking with purpose. It is difficult to reach a particular destination if you aren’t sure if you even want to go. Live a life that’s full by walking in the understanding that your blessing is right around the corner; meet it half-way.

The first step is taking the first step.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Power of Persistence


Many people have difficulty handling rejection. Naturally, no one wants to hear no. Think back to when you were a child and you would ask permission in order to acquire a certain thing, only to be told no. Most of us responded angrily, unless you grew up in my home where that wasn’t allowed. No truly meant no. There were no arguments, no jury, and one judge.

As an adult and through my vast experience with sales, I learned to develop and strengthen the muscle that allows me to transfer no’s into yeses. Initially, when I attempted to “sell” a product or service and was met with rejection, I would take it personally and become very disappointed thinking that there must be something wrong with me and my ability to sell; fortunately, I was wrong. When someone rejects us, it doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with us or our abilities, it means that it just might not be the right time. Simply, everything isn’t for everybody.

Some people are simply not interested in being accommodating by nature. Others create this imaginary force field that is designed to discourage you from offering them your product or service, even if that product is you. Those are the people I cherish the most because their “no” saves me time, effort and energy. Your goal is to reduce and limit the amount of time you spend trying to convince a “no” into transforming into a “yes”. Believe me, your efforts will be futile. The same amount of energy you put into getting a “no” is the same amount of energy it takes to get a “yes”. Some minds are simply made up; it has nothing to do with you as a person or your abilities.

Understand that every “no” simply means you’re that much closer to a “yes”. Embrace every “no” you hear because each time you hear it, focus on the “yes” that’s right around the corner. The goal is to keep going and not be discouraged by rejection. Remember, they are not rejecting you as a person; they are most likely rejecting the idea, product or service you are offering.

When you hear a “no”, dust yourself off and try again. If you don’t give up, inevitably, someone will say “yes”.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – From Start to Finish


During one of my trips to Miami to visit family I found a perfect teachable moment to help my nephew learn a valuable life lesson. When I arrived at my sisters’ house, I couldn’t help but notice one of my favorite nephews, Michael, was sad and moping around. I instinctively asked him what was wrong and he replied “My mom said I can’t go outside and play until I finished my chores”. I then asked, “So, what’s wrong with that? When you’re finished with your chores you can play”. He replied, “Uncle, this is way too much work for a kid and I’ll never ever finish”. I smiled and immediately sat down with him to explain a very important life lesson. The lesson is simple; the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll finish.

Explaining this to my middle school aged nephew wasn’t as difficult as I initially expected. I explained to him that sooner or later you’ll eventually run out of things to clean but you cannot and will not run out until you start. Most adults have a similar mind-set that creates an illusion that the workload is so heavy that they may never get it done. There are some things that we should be doing but many find it easier to mope around and host “whine” socials about them instead of tackling the problem. Do not be discouraged if the task seems too great; believe that you are equipped with the necessary tools to combat any problem and start working now.

As I mentioned before, if you don’t start, you will never finish. Stop worrying about the amount of work you have to do and start chipping away at it with the knowledge that eventually the work will be complete. A man once asked another man “How do you eat an elephant?” the other man replied, “One bite at a time”. The metaphoric elephant in this scenario is similar to your problems and/or issue(s) you are attempting to tackle; no matter how big your situation may seem, if you attack it one day at a time you will eventually overcome it. Stop trying to bite off more than you can chew and focus on the task at hand.

Don’t wait, start today!

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Win or Go Home


The interesting thing about setting goals is that we really don’t know the exact date when we’ll accomplish them. Yet we continue to work diligently and hastily toward our goals. In many cases, we’ll never know the exact date because many people give up right before they get the thing they were working so feverishly for. Many people give up because they lack the necessary patience and perseverance required to accomplish any goal.

We would not have the joy of enjoying the world’s most famous fried chicken had Colonel Sanders given up on his dream of franchising his original recipe. Colonel Sanders was rejected over 1,000 times before he finally heard his first YES! It may take you 10,000 times or 10 times to accomplish your dreams, either way, do not give up. We can only imagine what would’ve been had he not persevered and remained disciplined enough to continue to keep trying until he received a favorable response.

How many of us have given up after hearing our first ‘No’? The key to accomplishing any goal is endurance. Are you willing to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes in order to realize your dreams? That is exactly what it takes to win. You must be willing to endure the tests in order to discover the answers. We appreciate that which we work the hardest for. If you want your dreams to come true, you must be willing to travel unchartered territory. You must be willing to outlast the criticism, doubt and negative energy freely offered by those who doubt you. You must be willing to accept the fact that nothing and no one will keep you from accomplishing your dreams.

Friendly Reminder: Every ‘No’ means you’re that much closer to a ‘Yes’.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Hard Work Pays Off


Research now shows that the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. This is great news for all of those individuals who thought they couldn’t do something because they lacked talent. There are millions of excuses created daily as to why we continue to fall short of reaching our goals. Now that we know natural talent is irrelevant to great success; what’s the secret, you ask? It is good ole fashion hard work coupled with painful and demanding practice.

The old adage “Practice Makes Perfect” is 100% accurate. The more time you spend practicing to perfect your craft the more perfect it will become. Remember when we all first learned how to ride a bicycle? Unless you are Lance Armstrong, you most likely experienced many failed attempts and/or had to wear training wheels and protective head gear a bit longer than you hoped. Nonetheless, you practiced and practiced until you got it down. Although you may not have ridden a bicycle in a short while, you can still hop on at any time and ride with ease. That’s the power of practice. Your dreams and goals follow a similar pattern.

In order for you to realize your dreams and accomplish your goals you must work at it daily. Inch by inch, piece by piece, if you continue to work at it you will eventually get what you’ve been searching for. Michael Jordan is a perfect example of someone who diligently practiced until he arguably perfected the game of basketball. Practice until you have perfected the game of accomplishing your goals then practice some more. Each day commit several productive hours to focusing on achieving your dreams. You can do it!

“When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win.” – Ed Macauley

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Powerful Thoughts


Do you ever think about someone and then they call you out of the blue? Or had a burning question you were dying to be answered and magically the recent commercial provided an answer for it? Or how about the time when you are thinking about a song and just like that it comes on the radio? Well, this may come as a surprise to some but the fact that it occurs cannot be dismissed as mere coincidence.

It is through the power of intention that you are able to attract certain things into your life; good and bad. When I first read Wayne Dyer’s book “The Power of Intention”, I wasn’t sure what to expect nor did I fully understand the dynamic paradigm shift that was about to take place. Basically, the power of intention speaks to attracting that which you think about most. Specifically the Law of Attraction which suggests that you attract into your life what you focus your mind on the most. I did not know why I was experiencing this but it helped to explain it.

Understand that the “thing” you’ve been thinking about lately is about to happen. That person who has been occupying your mind space is a phone call away. The life you know you deserve to live is still a possibility. Your goal is to keep your eyes on the prize and your mind on the finish line. Allow your mind to focus on what you want to attract into your life and it will begin to show up. This requires a little bit of faith, the size of a mustard seed and the ability to believe in the unseen.

Your thoughts have the incredible power to become things. Whatever you focus your mind on the most is what will show up in your life. Don’t believe it? Try it and see for yourself.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Every Little Step

It has been over two hundred and seventy-nine days since you started. You don’t know whether you will stay standing or fall to the ground but you continue to try anyway. You’ve watched others do it with ease, yet you continue to doubt if you will experience a similar outcome. They monitor your every move intent on capturing this historic moment. The extended arm of the trusted couch awaits yours as you pull yourself from the ground. Mission accomplished. Not quite, you are only half-way there. While you are standing, silence envelopes the room as it begins to transpire. The crowd bursts with jubilee; you’ve just taken your first steps. Evolution.

There are valuable lessons to be learned from witnessing a child take their first steps. Primarily, every time they fell while attempting to walk; they got back up and tried again. They tried and tried again until they reached their desired results; never considering quitting as an option. If you want to walk all over your problems then you must learn to get back up and face them head on. You must learn to keep trying until you discover what has been waiting for you to show up all along. We will fall down, that is inevitable. What is not guaranteed is whether you will get back up. I have news for you; you control that outcome. It does not matter how many times we fall, it’s the times we get back up that counts.

As a child, you learned to stare fear square in the eyes and conquer it. You learned to pick yourself up off the ground and stand tall; literally. You learned that if you want something bad enough you must be willing to go after it and keep chasing it until you finally get it. Your blessing is closer than you think. Either it will slow down so you can catch up or you will speed up to catch up to it. Nothing will happen if you don’t take the first step. GO GET IT! Remember, before you could utter your first sentence you were a conqueror; why have you allowed this to change?

What happened to the child who dared to stand and take their first steps, even if it meant falling down? Channel your inner-child and walk in the understanding that you were born to win.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – A Test of Endurance

The bright blurry red lines slowly cleared as they formed analog digits. As I made out the numbers, it seemed that it was a half-hour earlier than I normally wake up. The excitement I usually experience before writing the Morning Cup of Joe decided to take the day off. The sun isn’t shining as bright as it typically does. Today is one of the rare days that I don’t feel like writing or speaking.

Success requires you to keep going especially when you don’t feel like it. Success requires a daily deposit in the Bank of Effort. My life experience has taught me that success requires momentum building. For example, an avalanche is caused by a mass combination of individual snowflakes. One snowflake alone cannot create an avalanche but one snowflake alone can cause it. Similarly, one action alone is not going to make you successful but a combination of consistent actions will. Eventually, the next action you take will be the one that sets off an avalanche of success.

When you feel like giving up or just don’t feel like dealing with anything or anyone, I urge you to KEEP GOING. You never know when your momentum will lead to an avalanche of blessings so you must continue to work diligently towards your objectives. While I didn’t feel like writing this morning, I made sure that my feelings did not get in the way of achieving the ultimate goal; improving your life, one word at a time. While we may not know when our avalanche will lead to success in our endeavors, it is critically important that we add a snowflake daily.

Buddha once said “Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.” Endurance is key. Victory should be expected at the beginning of every battle yet can only be claimed at the end. Finish what you’ve started.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Step By Step

He stands in front of the mirror wondering if anything has changed or improved. Staring at himself intently, he starts to imagine what the final results will look like. He wishes there was some magic button he could press that would magically place the muscles where they perfectly fit but unfortunately it hasn’t yet been invented. The actual twenty minutes felt like a few days as he wondered why he wasn’t seeing any immediate results.

We have all been down this road before; you’re doing the right things, working as hard as you can and feel as if you should see results sooner than you actually will. Learn to develop the patience of a turtle and the determination of a starving lion hunting for prey. This combination will certainly produce immaculate results. In addition, you must learn to develop the work ethic of a champion. If you ask any world class athlete or Olympian what it takes to be great, they will tell you practice. While some Olympians are born with natural gifts, the other 99% of us must practice until we are perfect then practice some more.

What the man in the mirror is not considering is the immense amount of time and effort it takes to get results. Some things can happen overnight but the only thing that comes to my mind is sleep. It is important that you set realistic expectations that you are able to exceed. It will take hard work, dedication, persistence, patience and patience. Yes, you need that much patience. Take it from me, the breakthrough and/or goal you are attempting to reach will come to fruition in due time; you cannot rush success.

Remember to appreciate the journey, especially since you already know the destination. The only thing you can do is take it one day at a time.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Time For A Change

“But that’s how it’s always been done”, “I just don’t want to go through this again”, “Things will never be the same”; these are examples of the self-talk many people have about experiencing change. Most people fear the unknown for the same reasons they should embrace it. The fact that you cannot determine the future should be comforting simply because you should accept the things you cannot change nor affect. Conversely, accept the fact that you are equipped with the necessary tools to handle any type of change. We do not know what changes will come about in our lives but we must embrace them or risk being left behind. Change happens.

You have been down this road before and stared at the same street sign, this time make the right decision. It baffles me how many people stay in horrible situations simply because they have not figured out how they can survive outside of that situation. You are in control; plan then execute. What happened to the fight that was in you before you got into this situation? What happened to your “Not Me, Not Ever” speech? Exercise your right to understand that you have alternatives. Being miserable is truly a choice. Since we now know this as fact, choose to live a life worth living; even if it means starting over. The greatest difference between living the life you were meant to live and the life you are choosing to live now is a matter of personal choices.

The Civil Rights Movement brought about positive change in America. The road was long, the task arduous and the mission seemingly impossible yet these brave souls were committed to change, even if it meant their lives. Are you willing to die for something you believe in? Imagine a world where the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Winston Churchill and Gandhi simply accepted things as they were and did not champion change.

Change is good, especially if you take advantage of the incredible amount of opportunity that comes with it. You should strive to stay prepared as you never know when you will experience change but be certain that it will inevitably happen. It is not a question of “if” change will happen in our lives; it’s a question of “when”. Be prepared and commit to memory the fact that you don’t have to get ready if you stay ready.

This is a New Day and the world welcomes the New You! There is nothing wrong with pressing the reset button if the system freezes.

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Joe Paul

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